Minecraft – one of the most popular games today, and a huge number of amateur videos on YouTube confirm this. Every player wants to share their achievements. But when you don’t know where to start, it’s not as easy as it seems. After reading this guide, you can easily create new content for your favorite game.
Video recording on PC
If you’re playing Minecraft on PC, then you’re in luck. To record the gameplay, you just need to get an image capture program. Here are the most popular ones:
- Hypercam (free)
Most capture programs are paid, so for a full-fledged work you will have to fork out. Despite this, they often have a trial version, so you can get acquainted with the work of the program and decide whether to buy it or not. Trial versions may be limited by the free trial period or by the presence of a digital watermark (a logo displayed over the recorded video).
Unfortunately, recording smooth video in high quality requires a lot of hardware resources. Therefore, you will need a fairly powerful computer with plenty of RAM. If you encounter artifacts while recording, try lowering the quality settings in the game. First of all, it is worth reducing the draw distance, as it has the greatest impact on performance.
Most capture software has a voice recording feature, so you’ll only need a microphone. Apart from professional models, they are cheap, and laptops already have a built-in.
You can use any voice communication program, such as Skype, to record other people’s voices. Capture apps monitor all sounds on the main audio channel, so if you hear your friends on headphones, their voice will also be recorded.
Record video on Xbox 360
In case you are playing on a console, the process of recording your gameplay will be a bit more complicated. In addition to downloading the capture program, you will need additional hardware. These are the so-called capture cards, which can be in several versions. Most popular:
- Elgato Game Capture HD
- BlackMagic Intensity Pro
- Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition
- Roxio Game Capture HD Pro
- Roxio Game Capture
Some models like the BlackMagic Intensity Pro are internal and require a fairly powerful computer to install. But in most cases, modern capture cards are external and require only a free USB port.
Today, there are many companies that produce various capture cards, so before buying, make sure you choose the best one.
Voice recording on Xbox 360
As with video recording, voice recording also has some features. Since there is no way to record voice using the console itself, you will need an external microphone, independent or connected to the computer.
To record the voice of other players, you will have to change some console settings. Do it as described below:
- Press the guide button.
- Select the “System” tab on the right.
- Click “Settings”.
- Go to voice settings and select “Play through external speakers” or “Both channels”. In the second case, the sound will be heard through the TV speakers and headphones at the same time. This is the optimal solution for playing with others and recording sound.
After changing these settings, the voices of other players and the sounds of the game will be output through the general channel. Adjust the volume levels in the same menu if the game sounds will drown out voices. Your capture card will now record the conversation along with game audio.
After recording a video, you can simply upload it in its original form to YouTube or a similar site, but most likely you will want to tweak something to bring your creation to perfection. Unfortunately, the most popular editors come with a hefty price tag, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t cheaper options. Here are a few programs to get you started:
- Sony Vegas Pro
- Windows Movie Maker (Free)
- Final Cut Pro
- Adobe Premiere
Since YouTube is the most popular video service on the web, this is where you should start. The following video formats are supported here:
Give your video an appropriate title and description. Don’t forget to add tags to your video to make it easier to find.
Do not worry that someone will find your video boring or ridiculous. Be sure to add voice or written commentary to your actions. And don’t be afraid to look funny! Dare!